A citizen's guide to making the big city a place where we can afford to live. Housing is increasingly unattainable in successful global cities, and Toronto is no exception - in part because of zoning that protects "stable" residential neighborhoods with high property values. House Divided is a citizen's guide for changing the way housing can work in big cities. Using Toronto as a case study, this anthology unpacks the affordability crisis and offers innovative ideas for creating housing for all ages and demographic groups. With charts, maps, data, and policy prescriptions, House Divided poses tough questions about the issue that will make or break the global city of the future.
About the authors
Alex Bozikovic is the Globe and Mail’s architecture critic, covering architecture and urbanism. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell, and Toronto Life. Alex is an author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (2017). In 2019, he served as a jury member for the City of Edmonton’s Missing Middle Design Competition.
Cheryll Case is the founding principal of CP Planning, a groundbreaking urban planning firm that digs deep into addressing the urban conditions that affect access to housing, work, and play. She specializes in designing inclusive conversations that build relationships between various stakeholders within the non-profit, private, and public sectors. To facilitate conversation, Cheryll uses research, data analysis, and storytelling to describe community relationships with land. Since graduating from Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program in 2017, Cheryll has been a driving force in public discourse about community planning and belonging.
John Lorinc is a journalist and editor. He reports on urban affairs, politics, business, technology, and local history for a range of media, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Walrus, Maclean’s, and Spacing, where he is senior editor. John is the author of three books, including The New City (Penguin, 2006) and Dream States: Smart Cities, Technology, and the Pursuit of Urban Utopias (Coach House Books, 2022), and has coedited four other anthologies for Coach House Books: The Ward (2015), Subdivided (2016), Any Other Way (2017), and The Ward Uncovered (2018). John is the recipient of the 2019/2020 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. He lives in Toronto.
Karon Liu has been a staff food reporter for the Toronto Star since 2015 and aims to link food with culture, history, identity, politics – anything you can imagine. He's also an avid home cook, and his favourite utensil is a pair of wooden chopsticks his grandma used to use.
Annabel Vaughan is an Architect and Project Manager at era Architects Inc. Her recent interest lies in the intersection between architecture as a spatial practice reflected in a single built work and the broader role of architecture as an agent for cultural production in the city. She writes, teaches and participates regularly in discussions concerning the role that architecture and public art can play as agents of political change in the city. Her professional work includes small-scale landscape architecture insertions, civic and residential building design, urban design and research, performance art lectures, and curatorial projects.
Other titles by Alex Bozikovic
Other titles by John Lorinc
What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings
Smart Cities and the Pursuit of Utopian Urbanism
The Carrying Place
Stories of Indigenous Toronto
The Ward Uncovered
The Archaeology of Everyday Life
Any Other Way
How Toronto Got Queer
City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity
The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
How The Crisis Of Canada's Cities Is Reshaping Our Nation
A Groundwork Guide